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The Dallas Cowboys are training a group of UFL players led by two former first-round NFL draft picks

By meerna Jun12,2024

The Dallas Cowboys had a busy start to the week.

On Tuesday, the team hosted four United Football League players for training. That group included two former first-round NFL draft picks in cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Deandre Baker.

Linebackers Noah Dawkins and Willie Harvey Jr. they completed the group.

All four players will soon be eligible to sign NFL contracts when the UFL season officially ends on Sunday. The USFL conference champion Birmingham Stallions will face the San Antonio Brahmas, who won the XFL conference title, in the league championship game.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissaro reported on Monday that Harvey, who most recently played for the St. Louis Battlehawks, will be in North Texas for a scheduled practice. He was one of the UFL’s most productive defenders, finishing the 2024 season as a leading striker.

Dallas fans most likely remember Baker from his days playing in the NFC East. He was selected by the New York Giants with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and was released about a year later after an arrest in Florida. Baker last played for the DC Defenders in 2024, recording 22 total tackles, including three pass breakups and one forced fumble.

Like Baker, Conley joined the UFL Defenders after starting his NFL career. Conley was drafted by the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders with the 24th overall pick in 2017. In 2024, he recorded 25 total tackles, five pass deflections, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Meanwhile, Dawkins played for the Michigan Panthers this spring. He finished the season with 39 tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery.

The Cowboys have a storied history of players jumping from spring football to the NFL. KaVontae Turpin and Brandon Aubrey are some of them who stand out thanks to their previous experience in the USFL.

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By meerna

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